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CBP seizes smuggled Fentanyl stashed in baby stroller

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a woman on Monday for attempting to smuggle nearly five pounds of Fentanyl across the border hidden beneath the seat of a baby stroller, authorities said. 

CBP officers at the Morley pedestrian crossing arrested the woman, identified only as a 24-year-old from Mexico, after a drug dog alerted when the woman removed her infant girl from the stroller, said said Rob Daniels, a CBP spokesman. 

The infant and another child were handed over to the woman's mother, said Daniels. 

Due to the dangers posed by Fentanyl, officers used personal protective equipment, including nitrite gloves and face-masks, to remove the drugs from beneath the stroller's seat, said Daniels. 

According the Drug Enforcement Agency, Fentanyl is a potent, synthetic opioid pain medication, known for a rapid onset and is considered 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, said Daniels. 

While pharmaceutical is legal in the United States for treating severe chronic pain associated with advanced cancer, illicitly manufactured versions of the drug are often mixed with heroin and cocaine to increase the drug's potency, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Last week, the DEA announced that counterfeit Fentanyl pills smuggled into Arizona were linked to 32 overdose deaths in Maricopa County over the last 18 months. 

TucsonSentinel.com's original reporting and curation of border and immigration news is generously supported in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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A stroller containing five pounds of Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, seized by Nogales-area CBP officers on Monday.